Canine Coronavirus


What is It?

Canine Coronavirus (CCV) is the second leading viral cause of diarrhea. Shed through feces, this virus inhabits the intestinal lining of your dog.

It can continue to shed for months after symptoms subside. Puppies 12 weeks and under are the most susceptible to coronavirus.


Symptoms of coronavirus can appear 2-5 days after exposure. Diarrhea is the most common symptom. The stool is usually watery, orange/yellow color and smells awful. Although more common in parvovirus, the diarrhea may also contain blood.

Symptoms include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Depression
  • Loss of Appetite
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting

Without treatment, your dog can quickly become dehydrated.


Fluid replacement is the most common treatment. Your vet will rehydrate your dog either intravenously (IV) or subcutaneously under the skin.

This will replace fluids lost through diarrhea or vomiting. Antibiotics are not effective since this is a virus.

Your vet will likely recommend a bland diet until symptoms subside.


Puppy shots will normally include a vaccination for coronavirus along with the DHLPP. If you are not sure, double check with your vet.



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